County ground parking proposals put to the people

Bob Sanders and Mark Walker look over some of the proposals to deal with the parking

Bob Sanders and Mark Walker look over some of the proposals to deal with the parking

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OPTIONS to deal with the influx of traffic parking around Walcot and Shriveham Road on match days are being put to residents by Swindon Council.

After a survey of the area proved inconclusive, the council commissioned officers to find proposals which would go some way to solving residents’ concerns about football fans clogging up streets while maintaining support at County Ground.

While some residents have campaigned for a new scheme for years, others are baffled as to why any change is needed.

The options include introducing residents’ parking, extending yellow lines and bringing in weekend restrictions.

Mark Walker, localities lead for the town centre, said: “This is not just about football parking. The Walcot area is having issues around commuter traffic as well.

“There are slightly different issues but fundamentally it is about inconsiderate parking.

“This has come about through conversations with councillors and residents who are frustrated with the existing schemes. At Shrivenham Road we had a petition from 500 residents saying they had had enough.

“The next stage would be finding the funds, and there are some opportunities at the moment.

“It is not the cost of the paint but the process behind it that is expensive.”

Residents say access problems are leaving their homes cut off from emergency services.

Susan Boscombe, 63, of Beau-mont Road, said: “When people park down my road you could not even get a normal car in there, let alone a fire engine or ambulance.

“All we want is freedom of access in and out of our own properties. I don’t see why the football club can’t organise bus services for supporters on match days to bring down the numbers parking. “If they got one bus they would save 50 cars coming here. We have been battling this for years.”

But others are bucking against the idea they may have to pay for their own parking.

Tom Roberts, 50, of Upham Road, said: “This is a waste of time. I don’t see why I should have to pay to park outside my own house. We have lived here for years and we have never had any problems. I think when extra cars park there it is like a contraflow to stop people speeding.

“It is going to cost a great deal of money to stop people whinging, but they do that wherever you go. The football ground has been around forever, so I do not understand why this is coming up now.”

While businesses in the area are inevitably affected by the influx of football traffic, some are content with the status quo.

Harold Mitchell, 80, owner of Mitchell Cycles, on Shrivenham Road, said: “We can understand people’s concerns about parking, but the football crowd has to park somewhere.

“Swindon Town needs support, and if you close down all the parking they will not get it. As long as everybody’s situation is taken into consideration, it can be worked out satisfactorily.

“We are affected by the football fans, but we have been here for 45 years and we are not expecting that to change. There is a contradiction between residents and football supporters and we have to find a solution that meets everyone’s needs.”

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2:30pm Tue 22 Oct 13

Silvergeek says...

Why interview somebody from Upham Road, that's a long way from the main problem which are the roads near the football ground.

Some people can not even access their property because of inconsiderate parking by fans.

At least try some of the new schemes and see if thing improve.
Why interview somebody from Upham Road, that's a long way from the main problem which are the roads near the football ground. Some people can not even access their property because of inconsiderate parking by fans. At least try some of the new schemes and see if thing improve. Silvergeek
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3:22pm Tue 22 Oct 13

moggy83 says...

We have 2 empty park and ride venues in our town surely the council could look at opening these on match days instead of looking at ways to make money elsewhere. Even if they charge £1 to park and £1 to jump on a bus.
We have 2 empty park and ride venues in our town surely the council could look at opening these on match days instead of looking at ways to make money elsewhere. Even if they charge £1 to park and £1 to jump on a bus. moggy83
  • Score: 8

5:37pm Tue 22 Oct 13

Dickdock says...

silvergeek and moggy83, you are both correct
however, i have lived in the shrivenham road area for 25 years and yes on football days it can be a pain in the backside,
what the council could do instead of spending tens of thousands of pounds, and on top of that expect residents to also cough up money for parking permits is police the problem, the same as they will have to police the parking restrictions if they implement them.
Swindon town football club needs all the support it can get and has been in the location that it is today for more years than most of the residents,
if people block driveways, park on pavements, park on grass verges and park dangerously, they can be prosecuted under various road traffic act and or highways act,
i am also disappointed that the local authority do not already do this as it is revenue they could probably do with, i drove along drakes way on Friday and did a ruff count of cars parked on the grass verge and there was approx 50 cars, assuming they would all get a £30.00 fine, that's £1500.00 of revenue they could put in the pot, multiply that over the amount of matches per year, nice little earner, and that is only on drakes way between Ocotal way and queens drive, this would also soon deter these people from parking there.
If they cant deal with the problem today, how are they going to deal with the problem when they introduce restricted parking, the answer is they are not, they are going to put up signs, take the residents money and hope for the best.
silvergeek and moggy83, you are both correct however, i have lived in the shrivenham road area for 25 years and yes on football days it can be a pain in the backside, what the council could do instead of spending tens of thousands of pounds, and on top of that expect residents to also cough up money for parking permits is police the problem, the same as they will have to police the parking restrictions if they implement them. Swindon town football club needs all the support it can get and has been in the location that it is today for more years than most of the residents, if people block driveways, park on pavements, park on grass verges and park dangerously, they can be prosecuted under various road traffic act and or highways act, i am also disappointed that the local authority do not already do this as it is revenue they could probably do with, i drove along drakes way on Friday and did a ruff count of cars parked on the grass verge and there was approx 50 cars, assuming they would all get a £30.00 fine, that's £1500.00 of revenue they could put in the pot, multiply that over the amount of matches per year, nice little earner, and that is only on drakes way between Ocotal way and queens drive, this would also soon deter these people from parking there. If they cant deal with the problem today, how are they going to deal with the problem when they introduce restricted parking, the answer is they are not, they are going to put up signs, take the residents money and hope for the best. Dickdock
  • Score: 2

9:47pm Tue 22 Oct 13

TinkeyWinkey says...

Agree with comments. I visit my daughter in Burford Avenue at weekends and on match days vehicles are parked on bends, on double yellow lines, on verges. Seems to be worse when it gets too close to 3pm and kick off as they dump their cars wherever they can see a space with no thought to residents in the area. If the Traffic Wardens patrolled those areas around the ground on Match Days, as Dickdock says, more revenue for illegal & inconsiderate parking. It's those people they should target not the residents.
Agree with comments. I visit my daughter in Burford Avenue at weekends and on match days vehicles are parked on bends, on double yellow lines, on verges. Seems to be worse when it gets too close to 3pm and kick off as they dump their cars wherever they can see a space with no thought to residents in the area. If the Traffic Wardens patrolled those areas around the ground on Match Days, as Dickdock says, more revenue for illegal & inconsiderate parking. It's those people they should target not the residents. TinkeyWinkey
  • Score: 3

5:20am Wed 23 Oct 13

deepimpact says...

A friend who lives in the area isn't as bothered by football parking anywhere near as much as the people who park in his road everyday and then walk into town to work. Very often cars are parked for up to 10 hours each and every day.
A friend who lives in the area isn't as bothered by football parking anywhere near as much as the people who park in his road everyday and then walk into town to work. Very often cars are parked for up to 10 hours each and every day. deepimpact
  • Score: 5

1:51pm Wed 23 Oct 13

ManWithCar says...

I have to pay to park outside my home and it's nowhere near the County Ground. However - every Sunday, regardless of the football season being on/off - I cannot park near my own home because everyone else seizes the chance of free parking to go shopping. It's just as much fun as match day - just more frustrating because I am subsidising your parking!!!
I have to pay to park outside my home and it's nowhere near the County Ground. However - every Sunday, regardless of the football season being on/off - I cannot park near my own home because everyone else seizes the chance of free parking to go shopping. It's just as much fun as match day - just more frustrating because I am subsidising your parking!!! ManWithCar
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5:41pm Wed 23 Oct 13

faatmaan says...

many of us live with double yellow lines outside our homes, to allow non existent bus services to operate, all the area needs is as with everything nowadays is for the law to be enforced, also nobody has the absolute right to park in front of their house whether it be on the pavement/grass or road. Everybody pays road tax, and this gives everyone the right to park legally on applicable streets, also the County Ground has been in its present location for longer than I can remember, so the residents would have bought their properties knowing the parking is poor, the council can save money by civil enforcement until the real problems subside.
many of us live with double yellow lines outside our homes, to allow non existent bus services to operate, all the area needs is as with everything nowadays is for the law to be enforced, also nobody has the absolute right to park in front of their house whether it be on the pavement/grass or road. Everybody pays road tax, and this gives everyone the right to park legally on applicable streets, also the County Ground has been in its present location for longer than I can remember, so the residents would have bought their properties knowing the parking is poor, the council can save money by civil enforcement until the real problems subside. faatmaan
  • Score: 0

8:10pm Wed 23 Oct 13

subbuteoles says...

I travel down from Abingdon to watch Swindon. Getting down early i manage to park in Shrivenham Road behind the Don Rogers Stand. On occasions when we have big games i have paid 5 pounds and parked in St Josephs School. I would welcome a park and ride system on match days. Where it would be situated is another question.
I travel down from Abingdon to watch Swindon. Getting down early i manage to park in Shrivenham Road behind the Don Rogers Stand. On occasions when we have big games i have paid 5 pounds and parked in St Josephs School. I would welcome a park and ride system on match days. Where it would be situated is another question. subbuteoles
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8:31pm Wed 23 Oct 13

Dickdock says...

subbuteoles wrote:
I travel down from Abingdon to watch Swindon. Getting down early i manage to park in Shrivenham Road behind the Don Rogers Stand. On occasions when we have big games i have paid 5 pounds and parked in St Josephs School. I would welcome a park and ride system on match days. Where it would be situated is another question.
You have a point there, if you are prepared to pay £5.00 to park in St Joseph's school, which on many match days is almost empty, if they charged £2.00 would would they get a full car park, thus elevate the parking problems around the area , however legal safe parking is not a concern to me, it's the unsafe parking and parking on grass verges that is a problem
[quote][p][bold]subbuteoles[/bold] wrote: I travel down from Abingdon to watch Swindon. Getting down early i manage to park in Shrivenham Road behind the Don Rogers Stand. On occasions when we have big games i have paid 5 pounds and parked in St Josephs School. I would welcome a park and ride system on match days. Where it would be situated is another question.[/p][/quote]You have a point there, if you are prepared to pay £5.00 to park in St Joseph's school, which on many match days is almost empty, if they charged £2.00 would would they get a full car park, thus elevate the parking problems around the area , however legal safe parking is not a concern to me, it's the unsafe parking and parking on grass verges that is a problem Dickdock
  • Score: 1

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